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Quigley Goes Down Under and Back Up Above to Make a Perfect Chiasmus

Chiasmus occurs in a work of art when the first half of a story mirrors the second half in minute detail. So a chiasmus begins and ends in the same way, and it reaches a crucial turning point in the … Continue reading

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The Symmetry of the Alien Trilogy

Last week I published an article showing that Alien and Alien3 mirror each other quite well. For the sake of completeness, I now present the chiasmus of the entire Alien Trilogy, including Aliens in the middle. I had previously published … Continue reading

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The Unique Chiasmus of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy

I have written many articles in my Cinematic Chiasmus series. I’ve found individual films to be a chiasmus, like Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Superman: The Movie, and RoboCop (1987). Even though these films spawned sequels, I never felt prompted … Continue reading

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Spider-Man 3 Is a Chiasmus, Making the Trilogy 3 for 3!

Oh. My. Gosh. This is truly unexpected. Who could have guessed that Spider-Man 3 would turn out to be a chiasmus, completing the circle and making all three Sam Raimi Spider-Man films examples of Cinematic Chiasmus? This chiasmus is unlike … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Symmetry of Beauty and the Beast (1991)

I had planned on analyzing Spider-Man 3 for a chiastic structure before moving on to any other film, but I couldn’t get Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991) out of my head, so it looks like this is the one … Continue reading

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Like the First One, Spider-Man 2 Is Also a Chiasmus

Did you think we were done finding examples of chiasmus in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy after we explored the symmetrical nature of the original Spider-Man? Well, we’re not done. Not by a long shot. Spider-Man 2 isn’t just the best … Continue reading

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A Fan Helped Me Fix My Spider-Man Cinematic Chiasmus

What is Cinematic Chiasmus? You sure you want to know? This type of storytelling is not for the faint of heart. If somebody told you I was perfect at spotting examples of chiasmus in film, that I never make a … Continue reading

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Getting Back in the Swing of Things

It has been nearly three years since I published my last Cinematic Chiasmus, and that is far too big of a gap. I’m pleased to announce that I have a new one currently in the works. These types of articles … Continue reading

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London Screenwriters’ Festival Spotlights the RoboCop Chiasmus

Two years ago, Netflix made a video based on my Back to the Future Trilogy chiasmus article and called it the Lockard Theory. I was honored, of course, that they took note of my analysis. I loved helping others to … Continue reading

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How I Uncover Cinematic Chiasmus

I’ve written more than a dozen articles explaining how the story structure of some special films fall into the category of Cinematic Chiasmus. These are films that unfold in a particular way in which the events in their first half … Continue reading

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